Inwood Art Works On Air! is a hyper-local podcast devoted to the musicians, filmmakers, writers, theater makers, and artists of all stripes that make their home in the neighborhoods of Washington Heights, Inwood, and Marble Hill, NYC, aka "Upstate Manhattan." In Artist Spotlight segments, we meet local artists and creators in their favorite local haunts. “Live N’ Local” segments introduce us to the musicians, and the music, of upper Manhattan, and include intimate live performances.
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On Air: 2024 State of the Arts
Inwood Art Works kicks off the fifth season of our On Air podcast with our first State of the Arts episode. Founder and Executive producer, Aaron Simms answers frequently asked questions by audiences and artists, highlights resources, and expounds on a who's who of community cultural arts organizations and venues in Northern Manhattan.
Artist Spotlight with Arlene Schulman
Arlene Schulman is a writer, photographer, podcast creator and documentary filmmaker. Ms. Schulman’s extraordinary body of work illuminates facets of New York City that the majority of us never see: gritty city living, boxing gyms, baseball dugouts, police officers on the beat, Holocaust survivors, an early interview with Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda, a look at a guidance counselor by day/drag queen at night, and her haunting film, On Some Strange Mornings, about a Dominican immigrant living with Alzheimer’s caring for his mother with dementia. Ms. Schulman holds a graduate degree in journalism with a focus on documentary filmmaking from Columbia’s Journalism School and an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA) program.
Artist Spotlight with Lee Feldman
Lee Feldman is a New York based songwriter, pianist, singer and composer. He has released five critically acclaimed albums under his own name.• Living It All Wrong (Pure/Mercury Records 1996)• The Man in a Jupiter Hat (Bonafide/Mercury Records 2000)• I’ve Forgotten Everything (Bonafide/Urban Myth Recordings 2006)• Album No. 4: Trying to Put the Things Together that Never Been TogetherBefore (Bonafide/Urban Myth 2012)• Dr. Future (Bonafide/Urban Myth 2023)Lee has had extensive training in classical piano, jazz piano and composition. In spite of that, he writes music that has meaning and sticks in the brain. Lee lives in NW Bronx with his wife and two children. Check out more of his music at www.leefeldman.com (www.leefeldman.com)
Artist Spotlight with Regina Gradess
Regina has lived in a multi-cultural, multi-generational Northern Manhattan Michell-Lama Cooperative since 1960. She grew up there as did her children. In 2008, after retiring as a social worker, she became a volunteer curator at an art gallery in her local spiritual home, bringing a diverse range of artists to share solo and group exhibitions. Her own themed exhibitions began in 2013. At her Rabbi’s suggestion, she brought artists, poets, and dancers together on the themes of surviving war and thriving. After hearing survivors give thanks to those who helped them, she went on to honor community neighbors and others on the themes of being thankful, volunteering, making choices, being a human angel, celebrating a spiritual home, welcoming the stranger, and lives that have been disrupted. Her next themed exhibition, set to open in early February 2024, is named Time to Meet Mother Nature. Regina is also a photographer whose photo Pigeons was chosen by Artists Unite-MTA’s Subway Elevator Project of 2013 for the 190th St. “A” train station, and her photo Fx Cam – Ft. Tryon Tree was chose by the NMAC postcard project of 2017. She has displayed her collages and assemblage art at Our Savior’s Atonement Lutheran Church’s Creations Projects, and RING Garden’s annual Art in the Garden. For more info: HebrewTabernacle.org (https://hebrewtabernacle.org/menu-art-gallery/)
Artist Spotlight with Lou Bruno
Lou Burno has worked as a professional bass player since the early 1960s, playing with both commercial and jazz groups. He performed with jazz legends John Mehegan, Dill Jones, Zoot Sims, Carmen Leggio, Toots Thielmans, and Bucky Pizzarelli, among others. He attended the Manhattan School of Music where he received both BMus and MMus degrees. After his training at Manhattan, he was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for four seasons, and then moved to Vienna, Austria to study with Ludwig Streicher at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik. On returning to NYC in the late 1970s, he became a free-lance player, concentrating on both Broadway and concert work. Since his return he’s been a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Pops. Among the many Broadway shows he’s performed on are “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “End of the Rainbow,” and “Guys and Dolls.” Lou has also performed on the soundtracks to many major Hollywood films. He worked in Elaine Stritch’s band for eleven years on her one-woman Broadway show, “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” and her night club appearances at the Carlyle Hotel. He appears in the 2012 documentary film about her, entitled “Shoot Me.” Check out www.thebridgeportjazztrio.com
Artist Spotlight with Emmanuel Abreu
Emmanuel Abreu is a New York City based photographer who has been collaborating with his Uptown community of Washington Heights/Inwood since the start of his career. His images tend to capture the raw joy in almost any situation, and this is why his work led him to become a professional wedding photographer. His travel photography focuses on landscape, street, and sometimes portraiture, just like in his neighborhood. Some of his work has been featured on media outlets like the local Manhattan Times, New York Times, and Local Blogs, as well as sites like HuffPost and Gothamist. He hopes to continue capturing the love and beauty of his community for years to come. Check out more of his work at www.eabreuvisuals.com (www.eabreuvisuals.com)
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Love how this podcast reveals our community and artists to a larger audience! Bravo Inwood Art Works!
An "Upstate Manhattan" Artistic Showcase
On Air from Inwood Art Works is a hyper-local podcast where we meet film, stage, music, visual artists and writers from Inwood NYC and its neighboring communities of Marble Hill, Riverdale, Kingsbridge, and Washington Heights.
The programming consists of two featured segments: Artist Spotlight and Live N’ Local. In Artist Spotlight segments they tell the stories of Inwood artists and creators recorded at beloved local haunts in the community, like Indian Road Cafe, Amore Cafe, Republica, etc. In Live N’ Local segments they interview Inwood musicians and provide an intimate platform to feature a live showcase of their work.
A terrific podcast for the community and beyond!
Inwood is a quaint neighborhood on the northern tip of Manhattan. Over the past several years, Aaron Simms and his team have run a nonprofit called Inwood Art Works, which has helped support artists of all kinds in showcasing their work. Inwood Art Works has helped Inwood become a new artistic hub in New York City. This podcast continues to highlight the incredible artist community that Inwood truly is. Well worth a listen and subscribe!